• Short Summary

    After a week of bitter fighting, the Cambodian Army last week recaptured the strategic district town of Srang, 18 miles(30 kms) south of Phnom Penh.

  • Description

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    GV Cambodians running across fields under fire
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    CU Cambodians firing mortar (2 shots)
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    GV Distant explosion
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    GV Cambodians firing & explosion (2 shots)
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    GV Cambodians charging through fields (5 shots)
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    SV Cambodians enter Srang(5 shots)
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    SV Bodies(2 shots)
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    SV Soldiers among wrecked and burning house
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    SV Ditto
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    SV Soldiers searching wrecked houses (2 shots)
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    Initials AH/AW/SGM



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: After a week of bitter fighting, the Cambodian Army last week recaptured the strategic district town of Srang, 18 miles(30 kms) south of Phnom Penh. Viet Cong forces, after holding the town for five days, were finally dislodged by Cambodian soldiers charging their positions.

    Through the Viet Cong defence had been softened up by air strikes and prolonged shelling, the Cambodian troops were pinned down by concentrated automatic fire as they closed in on the town.

    But officers rallied the Cambodians, who charged in and overran the town without encountering further opposition.

    The Viet Cong forces -- and most of the townspeople -- had fled from Srang. But the Cambodians later claimed that about 600 Viet Cong troops, survivors of the battle for the town, had been bottled up in a nearby valley. Two Cambodian brigades, each of 1,200 men, were sent against them.

    Cambodian estimates of Viet Cong casualties during the battle for Srang ran as high as 600. Six Cambodian soldiers were killed and 30 wounded.

    Much of the town had been devastated by bombing and artillery fire. But the Cambodians still carried out a methodical search of the ruins.

    On Friday night, the Viet Cong renewed attacks on Srang, but were beaten off by the Cambodian defenders supported by aircraft.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA3HATMZPMLFXTNFX75BF565PJR
    Media URN:
    VLVA3HATMZPMLFXTNFX75BF565PJR
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/09/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    MP4
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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